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Donald James Pitts, age 73, of Greenville, passed away Thursday evening, April 21, 2022 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital, Greenville.  The son of Wayne Dale & Joyce M. (Stadfield) Pitts, he was born on October 26, 1948 in Oakland, California while his father was serving in the United States Navy.

Raised in the Remus area, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps following high school and served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart medal.  On July 24, 1987, in Stanton, he married Ellen Sheppard and together they enjoyed nearly 35 years of marriage.  For several years he worked at the former Electrolux Home Products plant in Greenville and retired from Art Van Furniture where he worked in sales.

He was preceded in death by his parents;  and a brother, Sam Pitts.  Surviving are his wife, Ellen Pitts of Greenville;  two children, Donald Joseph “D.J.” & Bridgette Pitts of York, South Carolina, and Melissa Kilts of Lake Placid, New York;  five grandchildren, Katherine, Casey, Matthews, Braylon, and Brooklyn;  nine brothers and sisters, Anna Wiley, Jean Brockschmidt, Mary Brady, Dorothy Thompson, Pat Pitts, Nina Dexter, Joe Pitts, Holly Tyler, and Hiram Pitts;  and many nieces, nephews, and family friends.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Don’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Tina Thompson-Pilcher on April 24, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Words cannot make the pain you are feeling disappear, but I am so sorry for your loss. I am praying for your family for healing and peace.

  2. Jimmie Stanton on April 25, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Sending Prayers to you
    I met him at Electrolux and Ellen who I quickly became friends with and remember him as funny and a very good worker

  3. Veronica Pitchford on April 27, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Don’s insights and vivacious energy will be missed by all those honored enough to know him. Sending love and blessings to his family and friends. May you find peace and solace in the days to come.

  4. Marge Simon Chandler on April 28, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    I was a neighbor of Don and family when we were kids. He could be quite the character. All the Pitt’s kids, schoner kids and Simon kids would walk to the corner to catch the school bus. My condolences to Ellen and her family and all the Pitt’s siblings.

  5. Pat Brice on May 3, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Just learned of Don’s passing and feeling sad as its way too soon! Condolences to Ellen and all the family. Don will be missed by many in the Remus area too. May you be blessed with lots of great memories!

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